Chefs Robert Clark and Ned Bell kick off BC's 8th annual Spot Prawn Festival with a spot prawn dinner at Yew Seafood + Bar at the Four Seasons Vancouver, home to FBC2014 this October. Image courtesy of FBC's Sean Neild

We have a jam packed edition of the Weekly News this week so no small talk - let's just get right to it!

FBC2014 Announcements

If you  missed it last week, we made multiple sponsorship announcements for FBC2014.  We are thrilled to welcome Canadian Lentils as our Title Sponsor! We're also very happy to be announce four other excellent partnerships:

You can read more about Lentils joining us as our Title Sponsor as well as the details of our four additional sponsorships.  Oh... and... word has it, Rosie Daykin's Butter Baked Goods Cafe will be coming to the Four Seasons for FBC2014!

Mother's Day Gift Guide Winners

We had a record number of entries in our Mother's Day Gift Guide Contest last week and we're excited to announce our four winners this morning.  Congratulations to all of you!

  • Signed copy Sobo Cookbook: Brit Stager
  • Signed copy of Delicious: Bev Wong
  • Signed copy of Blue Plate Special: Lisa
  • Breville Ice Cream Maker: Heidi Pawluk

Melissa will be in touch shortly for your mailing details!

Canadian Lentils Twitter Party with Chef Michael Smith

Canadian Lentils - Lentil HunterLast week, a big group of FBC Members had the opportunity to spend an evening with Chef Michael Smith at Cirillo's Culinary Academy in Toronto.  They had a great time learning about lentils and sampling some of the dishes Chef Smith brought back from his travels all over the world (be sure to check out the five-part Lentil Hunter web series - they'll have you wanting to hop on a plane - or at least try some new lentil dishes!)

Don't forget to join us May 13 to talk lentils with the Lentil Hunter himself, Chef Michael Smith! Learn how you can win a trip for two to PEI to meet Chef Smith and attend the annual Village Feast event, July 4th-7th, 2014.  To participate you must RSVP!

Have You Joined Our Private Facebook Page?

Have you joined our private facebook page yet?  This is where our members can network, ask questions, get advice and have conversations amongst themselves.  It's also where we offer up last minute blogger opportunities that come our way! Here's just a sample of some of this week's discussions:

  • camera suggestions
  • food photography sites like tastespotting and foodgawker
  • free photo editor suggestions
  • blogging mentors and lessons
  • a call out for videographers

Win Tickets to Cross Canada Screenings of Fed Up

Fed Up Screening

Want to see the latest documentary of Fed Up by eOne Productions?  The film is a thought provoking look that upends the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths the dirty little secret the food industry doesn't want you to know- far more of us are sick from what we are eating than anyone has ever realized.  To get a sense of it, watch the Fed Up trailer here!

RELATED:  Weekly FBC News for March 24, 2014

We've got a pair of tickets to give away in each of the cities listed below.  Because it's such short notice, we'll be doing flash giveaways on our Facebook page, starting today! If you're in Edmonton, stop by our page at noon, Western time, today for a chance to win a pair.  We'll be giving away pair to Calgary and Ottawa on Tuesday, Winnipeg on Wednesday, Halifax on Thursday and Victoria on Friday.  All giveaways will be done at noon, local time for the city we're giving them away in!

Theatre: City Centre, Time: 7:00pm, Date: May 14th

Theatre: Eau Claire, Time: 7:00pm, Date: May 15th

Theatre: Gloucester, Time: 7:00pm, Date: May 15

Theatre: Polo Park, Time: 7:00pm, Date: May 22

Theatre: Bayers Lake, Time: 7:00pm, Date: May 22

Theatre: Odeon Victoria, Time: 7:00pm, Date: May 22

Becoming the Island Connoisseur

FBC member Cailin O'Neil is trying to land her dream job as Canada's Island Connoissuer for 60 days in Tobago.  If she wins, she'll spend 60 days in Tobago this summer, experiencing all the sites and sounds of the beautiful Island, and her only job will be to tell the world all about it! She'll be living for adventure above the land and under while capturing, and writing about it, eating, and enjoy amazing food!  But, she needs your votes if she's to head to Tobago.  If you want to give her a boost, you can check out her video and vote for her!

Blurb Members Only Opp (National)

A reminder that Blurb is offering all FBC Members a 30% discount off their next order until May 15th.  This is a great opportunity to create a special gift for Dad for Father's Day or a unique Teacher's Gift for end of year thank yous! Be sure to log-in to find out how to save with Blurb.

New Members

Welcome to all our new members this week.  Be sure to join our private Facebook form group to interact with your fellow members!

Members Abroad

That's it for this week!

And remember, if you have anything you’d like to share with your fellow members in the news, please let us know about it.  To have your submission appear in a Monday news post, the deadline is Friday at 5pm Pacific time.  You can send your 3-4 sentence submissions directly to Melissa and include any relevant links.

As always,

Melissa and Ethan

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